Department of Transportation (FMCSA, CDL issues)

Information and resources from the federal level:

Emergency Declarations

FMCSA Extends Emergency Declaration to August 15

FMCSA Extends Emergency Declaration to July 14

FMCSA Extends HOS Emergency Declaration to June 14

FMCSA Hours of Service exemption for truck drivers delivering goods in support of the COVID-19 relief/resupply efforts has been extended to May 15

Expanded FMCSA FAQs for SDLAs and CDL Drivers 04132020

FMCSA's Expanded Emergency Declaration

FMCSA Emergency Declaration

CDC Statement on Self-Quarantine Guidance for Greater New York City Transportation and Delivery Workers (03/27/2020)

When we issued the self-quarantining guidance for greater New York City residents leaving this area, it was out of an abundance of caution to help protect U.S. areas with lower levels of COVID-19 spread. In line with our recommendations for other essential critical infrastructure workers, this guidance does not apply to critical transportation and delivery workers who are desperately needed for New York residents to continue their daily lives and respond to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Truck drivers and other people driving into the city to deliver needed supplies should stay in their vehicles as much as possible as supplies are loaded and unloaded, avoid being within 6 feet of others as much as possible when they exit their vehicles, and move to electronic receipts if possible. If these drivers need to spend the night in the greater New York City area, they should stay in their hotel rooms or sleeper cab, when available, to the extent possible and continue to practice social distancing. Drivers who take these precautions should not need to self-quarantine when they leave the greater New York area, unless self-quarantine is recommended by state or local officials for all residents in the areas where they live.

Truck drivers and other workers who obtain or deliver needed supplies who live in the greater New York area may continue to work both within and outside of the greater New York area but should stay at home and practice social distancing according to instructions of state and local officials when they are not working. While they are working either within or outside of the greater New York area, they should stay in their vehicles as much as possible, avoid being within 6 feet of others as much as possible when they exit their vehicles, and move to electronic receipts if possible.

We continue to recommend that all people take precautions to stay safe and keep others safe, including washing their hands regularly, staying home when sick, covering coughs and sneezes, and maintaining distance from others.

It remains our guidance that residents who were recently in the affected areas of New York, out of an abundance of caution, should self-quarantine for 14 days.

Additional Waivers from FMCSA - Issued 3/24/20

FMCSA CDL Waivers March 24, 2020 (The following is from FMCSA.  Please join Wednesday morning at 9:30am when FMCSA Division Administrator, Dan Meyer, participates at a Trucking Town Hall Webinar)

Two very important documents were completed last night relating to CDLs and Medical Cards as well as a PHMSA notice relating to HM Training.  Please see below for description and links.  The documents are also attached for easy reference.   

Enforcement Notice on Expiring CDLs
This Notice of Enforcement Policy, effective from March 24, 2020 to June 30, 2020, provides needed relief from specified FMCSRs for CLP holders, CDL holders, and non-CDL drivers and motor carriers using those drivers.  This Notice of Enforcement Policy applies to all CLP holders, CDL holders, and non-CDL drivers whose license was issued for less than the maximum period established by 49 CFR 383.25 and 383.73 and was valid on February 29, 2020 and expired on or after March 1, 2020.
Waiver for States, CDL Holders, CLP Holders, and Interstate Drivers Operating

Commercial Motor Vehicles
The waiver is effective until June 30, 2020 and provides important relief resulting from situations where many CDL and CLP holders are unable to renew their CDLs and CLPs and are unable to provide medical certificates to their State Driver Licensing Agencies. In addition, many medical providers nationwide have canceled regularly scheduled appointments to dedicate resources to the COVID-19 response. As a result, drivers are unable to obtain appointments for physical examinations with medical examiners.

PHMSA Notice of Enforcement Policy Relating to HM Training  
PHMSA has provided there will not take enforcement action taken against any HM employer and/or HM employee unable to provide the required "recurrent training" during the Covid-19 pandemic.  This policy was coordinated across the Department and applies to FMCSA and all modes.  It does not apply to initial training, or the need to have a new HM employee work under the supervision of a trained HM employee until they can get their initial training.
Emergency Declarations Page


CDL/Medical Card Renewals/Pre-Employment Drug Testing

March 17, 2020 - According to an ATA Stakeholder call, FMCSA is aware of the issue with medical cards, drug screens, and expiring CDLs, as well as drivers wanting to take road-tests during the pandemic. Nothing specific has been released addressing this issue. As of now, random drug testing protocols have not been waived because no labs have closed. FMCSA has reported they are evaluating the issue.

IRP/COVID-19 Waivers The International Registration Plan (IRP) is a registration reciprocity agreement among states of the United States, the District of Columbia and provinces of Canada providing for payment of apportionable fees on the basis of total distance operated in all jurisdictions.

Hours of Service

March 14, 2020 - FMCSA issued a national emergency declaration March 14 to provide hours-of-service regulatory relief to commercial vehicle drivers transporting emergency relief in response to the nationwide COVID-19 outbreak.
FMCSA’s declaration provides for regulatory relief for commercial motor vehicle operations providing direct assistance supporting emergency relief efforts intended to meet immediate needs for:

  • Medical supplies and equipment related to the testing, diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19.
  • Supplies and equipment, including masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, soap and disinfectants, necessary for healthcare worker, patient and community safety, sanitation, and prevention of COVID-19 spread in communities.
  • Food for emergency restocking of stores.
  • Equipment, supplies and persons necessary for establishment and management of temporary housing and quarantine facilities related to COVID-19.
  • Persons designated by Federal, State or local authorities for transport for medical, isolation or quarantine purposes.
  • Personnel to provide medical or other emergency services.

To ensure continue safety on the nation’s roadways, the emergency declaration stipulates that once a driver has completed his or her delivery, the driver must receive a minimum of 10 hours off duty if transporting property, and 8 hours if transporting passengers.

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